Press release: Predator at Cannon taxies off runway

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – At approximately 8:15 a.m. this morning, an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to Cannon’s 3rd Special Operations Squadron taxied off the runway through a perimeter fence coming to rest in an adjacent field.

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Predator crashes at Cannon AFB

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Sharna Johnson Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why the $4.5 million aircraft turned off the runway and plowed through a fence Wednesday morning. Col. James C. Slife, 27th Special Operations Group commander, said all personnel involved […]

Church profile: First United Methodist Church

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• Location: 200 South Ave. C • Phone: 356-8597 • Services: Sunday: Worship at 9:30 a.m., Sunday School at 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday: King’s Kids Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m. in the fall, dinner at 5:30 p.m., youth and adult classes at 6:15 p.m. • Description: “We are making discoveries of Jesus Christ for the transformation of […]

Military feature: Sesame Street stopover

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Liliana Castillo CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Five-year-old Natalie Whitson was disappointed that Elmo didn’t shake her hand but she enjoyed the Sesame Street live show anyway. The show came to Cannon Air Force Base two weeks ago to present three free shows. Dawn Whitson said the show coming so close to home was a […]

Accident victim had passion for roping

Jared Tucker “It’s a blessing to me, because he died happy,” Sabra Gorrell said Tuesday about her son’s death Thursday while practicing roping in Carlsbad. Steven Watson, 26, of Portales died when he collided with a cat-walk while riding a horse at a high rate of speed, Gorrell said, adding police told her Watson died […]

Roosevelt County stays alive in 10-11 state meet

Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — The Roosevelt County All-Stars got a grand slam from Alex Galvan and stayed alive in the double-elimination state 10-11-year-old Little League baseball tournament Tuesday night with a 7-3 victory over Raton. Roosevelt County will play again at 8 p.m. today in the double-elimination tournament, facing the winner of Tuesday’s late […]

Wednesday morning briefing: National Night Out and lifeguards needed

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. School help needed The Lighthouse Mission needs your help supplying Clovis children with school supplies. There goal is collecting enough to hand out to 200 students. Call 575-762-1933 for more info and a list of what’s needed. Kitchen tip of the week Add a small […]

Hounds to visit UTEP for exhibition game

Freedom New Mexico he Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team will face 2010 NCAA tournament participant Texas-El Paso in a 7:05 p.m. exhibition game at the Don Haskins Center on Oct. 30. “We are excited to have a chance to compete against UTEP,” second-year ENMU coach Andrew Helton said. “(Longtime) coach Don Haskins established […]

Longtime educator dedicated life to Portales schools

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Sharna Johnson Longtime Portales educator David Brooks made his mark with tough love and dedication to the school system, the community and his family, according to those who knew him. David Brooks, 75, died of cancer Sunday in Lubbock. “He basically dedicated his life to the Portales educational system,” said Brooks’ son, Davey Brooks. Davey […]